"I have no interest in being purchased," said Edward.
The doll gasped. "You don't want somebody to buy you?" she said. "You don't want to be owned by a little girl who loves you?"
Sarah Ruth! Abilene! Their names went through Edward's head like the notes of a sad, sweet song.
"I have already been loved," said Edward. "I have been loved by a girl named Abilene. I have been loved by a fisherman and his wife and a hobo and his dog. I have been loved by a boy who played the harmonica and by a girl who died. Don't talk to me about love," he said.
"I have known love."
Chapter XXVI, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane